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>> this week on the journal editorial report. myth's michigan rebound, he pulls off a squeaker in his hometown race. and high stakes on super tuesday, what rick santorum and newt gingrich need to do and where they need to win to slow romney down. with pump prices climbing ever higher, the obama administration is feeling the heat, but do they really want lower gas prices? ♪ welcome to the journal editorial report. i'm paul gigot. a double victory on tuesday in michigan and arizona put presidential hopeful mitt romney back on top of the republican race, a position he's held and lost several times before in the primary process. so, how did he do it?
can the same strategies help him in super tuesday states? let's ask, wall street journal columnist and editor, dan henninger. jason o'reilly, member, dorothy rabinowicz, and kim strassel. how did romney do it? can he keep doing it? >> i think so. in the exit polls, people for whom the economy was the biggest issue, romney won by 17 points. >> paul: yeah, that's remarkable. >> and he also won in detroit, wayne county, and macomb county, and so-called reagan democrat county, which is to say in areas where their people are under the most economic stress. he had introduced the new tax program, the new economic program, the 20% tax cut across the board. and he's also been aligning himself with basically paul ryan's ideas on medicare. so, i think, on the one be hand, he's been showing people that he can be a real conservative, and he's
presenting a coherent economic program in a way that i think is just pulling the romney campaign together, on the single most important issue in the campaign. >> paul: gives him a subject, jason. >> sure. >> that's larger than his biography. it's basically and larger than criticism solely of president obama, to stand behind this, this new tax plan. >> i think that's part of it. he's talking about issues that people care about and i think he also got some help from rick santorum in the run-up to the about michigan vote to found himself talking about contraception and pro college snobbery and the like. that's apparently not what voters in the midwest, at least, want to hear. ang i think romney was able to benefit from self-inflicted wounds by rick santorum. >> paul: exit polling shows that santorum lost among welcome and broke even romney and santorum, but lost five points among republican women. >> not only women, he lost
among catholics. he lost 70% catholic area in michigan. he was 9 points ahead. >> paul: a catholic loss to the mormon. >> i did not say that, i was hoping somebody else would say that. here is the thing. looking at the substantial that romney is about to talk about, there's a psychological infectious quality now. he has won every important race there is to win. he has in the aggregate more delegates than anyone else. that combination of experience is what is giving him this kind of luster, and that is making him appealing and in addition to what jason said, no one does he owe more to than rick santorum. >> paul: on that point. let's listen to rick santorum's remarks on primary night. >> my mom's in a very he, well, unusual person for her time. she's someone who did get a college education in the
1930's, and was a nurse. got a graduate degree as a nurse and worked full-time, and when she married my dad, worked together at the veterans administration. that's where they met right after the war and later on, they were, they had me and the rest of the family, my brother and sister, and my mom continued to work. >> paul: well, kim, what do you read from that, his emphasis on his-- the strong women in his life on that evening? >> it was a remarkable speech and sent like the first six or seven minutes talking about his wife, his mother, his daughter, and what it was, a great big admission after whoops, basically saying, yeah, you know, i spent a little bit too much time talking about some of the social issues on the trail. i also blurted out some things that maybe were not as thoughtful as they should have been. i want to reassure a lot of you voters as we were just talking about, the catholics, the women, the suburban voters, i'm somebody you can
get behind and i think we'll probably see with any luck, a more disciplined rick santorum going ahead because this was a learning moment for him. >> paul: dorothy. >> i have a question about that, kim. >> paul: about his discipline? >> yes, because the whoops moment, it's true we watched it, mesmerized by it. a conviction candidate, if you're going to be that, you have to have the conviction you want to win. 's not going to be do that by dialing back to kennedy and insisting he was right all along by saying he wanted to vomit. those things are the things that come across. >> paul: that was unpresidential. >> deeply and he has not-- given the opportunity last weekend to pull back from that, he says, he yes, i do believe that vomited at the idea of total separation of church and state. that states, you know, well-- >> and i want to get to jason on this. for all of this be, it was still very close. >> it was close, but what's a
little disturbing about the exit polls, where he lost, oakland county, macomb county, where there are independent voters and some democrats he thought he could reach out to, he got crushed by mromney. >> and it was 2 or 3 percent tam points and romney didn't do well to santorum in the western part of the state. conservative part the state and down scale earners, less those than $100,000, it's a weakness for romney. >> it's a weakness, if he gets the nomination, he will he' have to work on that. but i think what the santorum example suggests, again, as i said the main issue, is the economy, and rick santorum, i have sympathy with his ideas and thoughts about stay at home moms, i mean, that's fine. but, what he missed, he thought it was a social issue, the reason his mother was working, and a lot of the mothers are working is not to entirely realize themselves as a person, is base they need
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>> well, it may be the most important sickle day of the primary season he so far. and delegates up for grab on tuesday. and rick santorum hoping is colassel win the biggest prize with 63 delegates at stake and newt gingrich is counting on victory in his home state of georgia to keep his fading campaign afloat. >> and rick santorum, what does he need to do to winnowo, break through and keep this race going? >> well, as you said, michigan was very close and the santorum campaign has been arguing, look, this was mitt
romney's home state and the goal is to win another big industrial western heartland and has something going with rick santorum and a higher percentage of evangelical voters perhaps than in michigan, that's been the bulk of his support out there and he also wants to win down in a southern state like tennessee and oklahoma to show he can win in the south and he's going to be making the argument that he is a more conservative alternative to mr. romney, and that's worked for him among the voters and putting in ohio and some of the others states. >> is that line, i'm the most conservative, the best theme to go for santorum or does he need to do something else? >> oh, i think in ohio, he probably has to do something else, while, ohio is-- there's a reason why ohio is such an important swing state. it's an extremely diverse state. >> right. >> it's not just all conservatives, i mean, you've he got-- >> ohio native speaking here. >> right. >> and gotten more complicated since i lived there. you've got all of these edged cities up in middle class
people have grown up around places like columbus and cincinnati and yet, you have catholics in cincinnati and blue collar workers in cleveland and toledo and much of the state is rural and so it's very he complicated place, by and large, republicans will have won there, and been conservative and basically moderate in temperature. and rob portman and they're not everyone's conservative, but ohio's counti kind of conservatives. >> the thing is rick santorum has to win one of these, mitt romney doesn't have to on super tuesday, probably massachusetts, virginia, vermont going-- >> the other candidates aren't on the ballot in virginia. >> and newt gingrich probably being in a must-win for georgia. >> and romney has the money to go forward after super tuesday
even if he doesn't winnowo. >> paul: what about newt gingrich, dorothy? you talk to the candidate on occasion, what's his strategy? >> it's clear to me, anyway, this is not, that he's working his way towards saying, i leave the race if i don't win my home state. i can see that being said into his audience. >> paul: let's say he does win georgia. >> if he does win georgia, he goes, he goes forward, he goes forward to the end as long as the money is there, and adelson carries him. >> a casino mogul funding his pac. >> yeah, and i have to say that if he feels on of bounds to say before if you can't win your home state you don't belong in the race. >> paul: jason? >> i was going to say even if he goss win georgia, what has he proven, he can win his home state and the in the south, the republican will win no matter the nominee, gingrich is in a tough position. >> paul: kim, you wrote about gingrich and you told he had a
pretty good energy message. what is he doing? >> it wasn't what he tried to win. your strategy, you win georgia or do well in some of the nearby states, oklahoma, tennessee, get enough delegates to give you a justification for staying in and he is assuming it's going to give him another turn in the limelight and when he gets there he wants to be talking about his energy plan, which is some arguing he can bring gas prices down to $2.50 not necessarily anything a candidate can do, but, his bigger point is that this is a big contract with obama in the fall. and there is an energy shift in this country that we could be creating millions of jobs, and that this is something obama's not there and it's a strong message he's making. >> yeah, dan? >> i think romney's economic message performs very well on tuesday. why? >> unemployment in georgia is 9 1/2%. all right? in ohio it's 8%, in tennessee, 8 1/2%, if i'm right that the guy with the strongest economic, most coherent economic message is going to
do well, i think romney could have a good day, tuesday. >> ohio is important for santorum, in particular, a little more economically down scaled than michigan. a big portion. michigan voters made up more than $100,000 remarkably in the republican primary. in ohio, a lot less well off voters, and a lot more culturally conservative voters. so, this is prime territory for santorum. so i keep hearing. you never know. the pitch he made recently, simply made for that kind of audience, which is college, what a snob, obama wants you to go to college. that's the kind of play that may be arousing some enthusiasm. you never know, voters are extremely sophisticated even if you don't have a college education and know when they're being-- >> i agree with that. that's one of romney's weaknesses where he doesn't do as well as santorum, that's simply the fact. >> well, we know this, romney compared in a comparison head
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policy, no answer to rising gas prices and claiming his administration is doing the all above approach. the energy secretary steven chu made a congressional hearing, and the his mississippi governor said whether it's the department of energy goal to lower gasoline prices. >> the overall goal is to decrease our dependency on oil. to build and stress in our economy and to decrease our dependency on oil. we think that we can go a lot, a long way to becoming less dependent on oil and diversing on supply and help the american economy and american consumers. >> what do you think about the president's explanation about gas prices, kim. >> i think the problem is the president is doing the same old tired energy argument and not taking into account that america has undergonna seismic shift in the energy fortunes,
the last decade of break throughs in technology mean that we are awash, potential any in natural gas and areas like the balkans and suddenly america could be one of the biggest energy producers in the world, but we're going ahead with this president's idea that the government has best chosen to restructure the energy sector entirely in an image and they'll pick the winners and losers and ignore-- >> and kim's reference is the bakken scale in north dakota that's booming. >> you have to give points to steven chu for consistency. before he took the job, he said we have to figure out how to boost the prices of gasoline to the levels of europe. >> because the alternative fuels will not be competitive economically unless you raise the price of carbon based fuel. that is their strategy. >> you've right. now suddenly it's not their
strategy. or is it their strategy. is this an election year on conversion of natural gas by this administration. >> he wants it both ways. >> that's the goal of the administration to reduce dehe pendency on fossil fuel. >> you have to raise the price so the whether we're talking keystone, alaska or the gulf of mexico, limiting the access to fossil fuel is the goal of the administration. >> paul: keystone being the pipeline that trans canada wants to bring from the canadian border to the gulf and bringing the canadian oil to the gulf of mexico. >> it's part of the boom that kim writes about in her column that newt gingrich caught up with. the fact is that the united states is on the verge of becoming a net exporter of oil. >> paul: amaze, isn't it? >> it's not only amazing, a sort of optimistic story. >> paul: petroleum products not just oil.
>> exactly. >> paul: petroleum based products and meanwhile, i think that barack obama could possibly put his presidency at risk with this crazy obsession with solar and wind and the speech last week, algae farms again-- it's a kind of downer message that obama is delivering, in the face of simple energy reality and i'll tell you, i give steven chu credit. it's a fact that one of that stuff he's pushing can become real unless the price of gasoline gets up to european levels, it won't be able to compete. >> paul: what do you think of the republican critique of this. are they making the right argument to take advantage. rick santorum shoaling up shale rock the at his press at his. >> they're taking the obvious political shots and guy who is doing a better job is newt gingrich and his insight. what he's been doing, making the point.
what matters about this, it's not that gas prices have risen under barack obama, it's that his energy policy is embl emblemmattic, and the way that they felt about obamacare and entitlements and just so happens in the energy sector we've seen how that falls apart with solyndra, with rising gas prices and down in the gulf people not being able to drill down there and everything that's come from that. >> paul: one of the problems for the president, the raising gas prices and food prices one of the reasons people don't feel good about the recovery because their real incomes haven't been increasing. we have to take one more break, when we come back, our man: 1939 -- my parents ran across an ad for a hot dog cart. my mother said, "well, maybe we ought to buy this hot dog cart and set it up someplace." so my parents went to bank of america. they met with the branch manager and they said,
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socialist candidate for the the presidency, he went over to england this past week, and announced that he thinks the french ought to pay a 75% top tax rate and he also called for regulation everywhere as he put it. it gets better though. do you know how many french expatriates are living in england right now. basically economic refugee, 300,000 making it france's six largest city. >> kim. >> president obama's speech to the auto workers and the president argued his auto bailout not only saved gm and chrysler and ford and from another great depression. in the middle of this nowhere was it mentioned that taxpayers spent 81 billion on companies that might otherwise have gone through structured bankruptcy where this money
went directly to the president's reunion allies. and sometimes this stuff rewriting history. >> jason. >> another miss, nfl for altering its schedule to accommodate the democratic party and the football season typically opens on a thursday and this year on a wednesday, september 5th so as to not to interfere with president obama's thursday speech to the democratic national convention, four years ago when john mccain was speaking on a thursday, the nfl did not change open day to accommodate him. i sense a not level playing field here. >> wall. >> the nfl doesn't mind if it interferes with joe biden's speech on wednesday night? >> i guess not. >> all right. and remember, if you have your own hit or miss, please send it to us, at firstname.lastname@example.org. join us on the web. and that's it for this edition of the journal editor ral report. thank you for watching. i'm paul